Purvis Young (1943 - 2010)

The Police and the Protesters, Circa 1993
Paint on wood panel
23 x 24 in (58.42 x 60.96 cm)
A depiction of the nightly police raids of this dangerous neighborhood is adequately complete with its red painted drug dens and crack houses. Purvis Young illustrates aspects of the 1980’s and 90’s crack and drug epidemic surges of major cities across the United States, with Miami being no exception. This wave caused a number of social and economic consequences from increased crime to widespread violence. The resulting repercussions were new tough on crime governmental policies. In every neighborhood there is a battle between those who believe in humanity and those who lack any form of compassion. The sinister populations of the dark triad of humanity with its narcissistic and Machiavellian tendencies is contrasted by the light triad of inhabitants, those who are decent, believe in the greater good, and put forth a salvation for humanity. Both are represented in “The Police and the Protestors”. When it seems the wicked might have won…. Remember, “for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
The Police and the Protesters by Purvis Young (1943 - 2010)

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